The main island of Saint Vincent and the chain of smaller islands known as the Grenadines, lie in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, in the south of the Windward isles. Saint Vincent is a very small island, measuring just 16 miles long and 9.3 miles wide. To its north lies Saint Lucia and to its east Barbados. The island is fairly densely populated with a total of just over 110,000 inhabitants. The island of Saint Vincent itself is volcanic, features very little level ground and is rocky and steep in places. It also lies in the hurricane belt and is prone to extreme weather. In terms of its economy, Saint Vincent is dominated by banana production. Tourism is also an important industry for the islands. There is a need for diversification of the economy and the government is working on introducing new industries. As a result, there are developing manufacturing and services sectors.
Telecommunications Infrastructure & ICT
Telecommunications infrastructure in Saint Vincent is in the process of improving. The government is acutely aware of the importance of ICT and broadband access and has implemented a national plan to significantly improve infrastructure and access to ICTs. The topography of the island has been a significant problem for the rollout of broadband services. There is a real appetite from the government to implement better access to broadband services to allow improvements in agriculture, tourism, health and education and to ensure that the ICT sector makes a greater contribution to the economy. There is 3G availability, but cellular infrastructure also requires improvement. Internet penetration currently stands at 60% and the numbers of households with computer and broadband access at home is gradually on the rise. Mobile cellular subscriptions have grown significantly, as is mobile broadband demand.
VSAT Solutions for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Given the difficult topography of the islands, it can be a great challenge to rollout broadband and cellular connectivity. For situations such as this, a great alternative to terrestrial technology lies in the implementation of satellite technology, namely VSAT systems that will enable cost-effective and highly reliable delivery of broadband services instantly, with no requirement for the rollout of infrastructure. BusinessCom Networks has years of experience in the field of VSAT network design and deployment across the world and works with customers to accommodate their particular requirements in order to ensure they get the right network for the job. In addition to extending networks to more difficult-to-access areas, BusinessCom can also enable expansion of cellular networks using satellite to backhaul traffic and expand the ever popular mobile broadband network to areas that have not previously had access. This makes data services even more accessible, and helps those people that do not have access to computers at home but do have a mobile phone equipped to receive data services.
Broadband and the wide range of services that it can deliver, means that inhabitants of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, its businesses and the government can reap huge benefits. BusinessCom’s helpful and knowledgeable team will assist at all stages of network design and deployment and deliver technical support once the network has been installed.
BusinessCom offers the following satellite internet services in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
- Broadband Internet access
- Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
- Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA with 98% efficiency on payload
- Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
- Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
- Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
- Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
- Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
- Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform